This appellation’s area is restricted to the commune of Cornas
in the Ardèche département on the right bank of the Rhône. This wine has been famous since the 10h century. It was served at the tables of royalty in France and abroad. In the 19th century, the wine of Cornas was as well known as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but phylloxera and urbanization very nearly wiped it out. Cornas was able to regain momentum due to the introduction of the AOCs and the resurgence in its quality. Cornas
was made an AOC in 1938.
The Cornas vineyard soils are made up granite and gneiss silty deposits, with the vines planted on very steep granitic terraces held up by supporting walls. Facing south/southeast, the vineyards receive a good amount of sun. This orientation helps the vines to mature early which is why this appellation is the first red to be harvested in the northern Côtes du Rhône.
The area under vine in Cornas covers about 116 hectares and annual production is limited to about 4,200 hectolitres. Syrah is the only grape variety used for the wines of Cornas. Its vinification begins with a long fermentation and is followed by two-years’ ageing in wooden barrels. The quality of the wines produced by Jean-Luc Colombo, Domaine Auguste Clape, M. Chapoutier and Delas Frères are worthy of a special mention.
More informations on the website of the wines of Cornas